The dance music community is still in shock of Avicii’s passing
It’s been nearly a week since the unexpected passing of 28-year-old EDM pioneer Avicii (Tim Bergling). His family issued another statement, and speculations rose that his death was an alleged suicide. According to Billboard, sources confirmed that his death was a suicide.
His family states that he “really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, and happiness.” Furthermore, “Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight.”
On Monday, April 23, Avicii’s family released a statement thanking the fans, artists, and community for their outpouring love and support. Church bells in Stockholm, Sweden played “Wake Me Up” in tribute; DJs played his music at the Coachella music festival; and countless stories and memories of artists, fans, and the dance community were shared on social media throughout the week to pay respects to the Swedish EDM pioneer.
The music business is a grueling business. And it takes a great toll of many people’s mental health. While we still have long way to go, we’re making great progress on demystifying mental health and helping those who truly need help.
Avicii’s family’s sincere statement following his death
“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most — music. He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness.
[Tim] could not go on any longer.
He wanted to find peace.
Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight.
Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive.
We love you,